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ArcLight Documentary Film Festival Begins
Posted by Melissa Simon on Oct 2, 2013 - 1:38:26 PM

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—ArcLight Cinemas will be hosting the third annual “ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival” at the ArcLight in Hollywood beginning on Wednesday, October 9.

Poster for "Let The Fire Burn"
The Film Festival was “created to give independent filmmakers a platform to showcase their ability to weave the compelling true stories that range from headline-making events to that of unsung heroes,” according to the release.

“ArcLight Cinemas is about the celebration of film and we are ecstatic that the festival continues to grow and thrive in a city that has long been the epicenter for incredible story-telling,” Gretchen McCourt, executive vice president, said in a statement. “The submissions showcased at this year’s festival are outstanding contributions to the ever-growing world of documentary films. We couldn’t be more please to support such a talented group of filmmakers,” she added.

This year’s festival will kick off with “Let The Fire Burn,” which chronicles the events surrounding the 1985 clash between Philadelphia authorities and the radical black organization MOVE. The film “brings to life the consequences of the authorities’ fateful decision to drop incendiary devices on the residential home of the MOVE organization, and to ”˜let the fire burn,’ a decision that ultimately destroyed 61 homes, the lives of 5 adults and 6 children, and caused a community to ask itself some very hard questions,” according to the release.

There will be 25 up-and-coming films screened during the festival. Some of the notable films that will be shown include the following:

· Sundance and Toronto Film Festival winner “The Square,” which is about a look inside the recent events in Egypt from the heart of Tahrir Square

· “The Other Shore,” about Diana Nyad’s emotional and physical battle in achieving her lifelong goal of swimming the distance between Cuba and Florida, showing the true power of human resilience

· “A World Not Ours,” a look into what it means to be a refugee with the intensely intimate and personal story of director Mahdi Fleifel’s family and friends’ stories of being Palestinian refugees in the Lebanese refugee camp Ain El-Heweh

The festival will end with a festival reception on Sunday, October 13, to recognize the top documentaries. Moviegoers will have the chance to pick a winner for Audience Favorite and a jury will select a winner to receive a prize of $10,000, according to the release.

There are two types of passes for the festival: $60, which allows the viewer to see five films, and $100, which allows the viewer to see 10 films.

For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit


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